2006-Present PhD Exercise Physiology: Concentration - Skeletal
Muscle Physiology, Florida
State University, Tallahassee, Florida
2006 Certified Strength and
Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NSCA
2005-2006 M.S. Kinesiology:
Concentrations - Exercise Physiology and Motor
Learning/Sport and Exercise
Psychology, California State
University Eastbay (Thesis:“The
especial skill phenomena present at
the 60.5 foot distance in
experienced baseball players.”)
B.S. (Summa Cum Laude honors, dean’s list) Exercise
Wellness. California State
University Hayward, CA
Jacob Wilson is the Co-founder and President of
Abcbodybuilding.com. He is also a skeletal muscle
physiologist and researcher in the Department of Nutrition,
Food, and Exercise Science, Florida State University,
Jacob has an unparalleled dedication to the sport of
bodybuilding, and has devoted the majority of his life to
helping thousands of bodybuilders reach their goals. His
academic achievements are vast, and include degrees in
Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, dozens of publications,
and extensive experience teaching and public speaking.
What makes Jacobs’ research so unique is that he has
successfully bridged the gap between science and the sport
of bodybuilding. Indeed, when Jacob founded this site, he
saw a chasm between bodybuilders – who relied heavily on
experience and anecdotal evidence – and scientists, who
relied purely on laboratory research. Therefore, he engaged
on a personal mission to apply everything he learned in the
lab, directly to his training in the gym; and likewise,
everything he has learned in the gym, he applies directly to
his research in the lab. It is this combination of science
and application that makes the recommendations given on this
site so unique and effective.
with Jacob Wilson
What motivated you to co found abcbodybuilding.com?
As crazy as this sounds, outside of God and family,
bodybuilding is the number one subject which consumes my
life, and dominates my thoughts. Roughly 8 years ago I
recognized the general lack of scientists who dedicated
their careers to the study of how to optimally enhance those
in this sport, and so I dedicated this site, and my career
to the process. It is our hope that bodybuilders can find a
haven of scientific information regarding our sport here.’
Who do you admire most as a bodybuilder?
Tom Platz for his freaky legs, Lee Priest and Sergio Oliva
for their overhead pose, of course Arnold because he is the
king, and finally my colleague Layne Norton. Not only does
Layne have an incredible physique, but he is an ambassador
for natural bodybuilding and a great scientist.
Who do you admire most as a scientist(s)
Honestly, my brother Gabriel Wilson. In terms of skeletal
muscle growth, I know of no one who has more of an expertise
on the subject. Outside of him, I would say Dr. Lynn Panton
because she has been just an amazing mentor to me, is an
absolutely amazing scientist and one of the pioneers of HMB
research. Of course Dr. Jeong-su Kim who taught me
everything I know about wetlab techniques in the study of
skeletal muscle. Finally Drs. Kraemer and Jose Antonio.
The former is probably the greatest overall scientist in our
field now, while the latter has contributed greatly to
nutrition for bodybuilding.
What advice would you give to up and coming bodybuilders?
Live, eat, and breathe the sport not only physically and
mentally, but also spiritually. Second, recognize that
science can give you a potent edge in building muscle and
What is the best all around supplement?
Essential amino acids, and BCAAs. Why? Because they
revolutionize the meaning of caloric efficiency.
Bodybuilding is a twisted sport in that you must be as huge
as possible while being as lean as possible. Thus caloric
efficiency is absolutely critical for these purposes.
Essential amino acids can stimulate as much muscle growth in
50 calories as most protein shakes can in 2 to 300 calories.
What advice would you give to someone pursuing an academic
career dedicated to the study of muscle?
Use active learning. In other words apply everything in
your schooling to your own body and others. This will bring
Who had the greatest influence on your career?
My Dad. He is and always will be my greatest mentor. I
still go to him for advice daily, he is that wise.
the other interests in your life?
I am into studying the Bible and creation science as I think
it is important, especially for a scientist to have answers
to intellectual questions. Apart from this my life is
pretty much dedicated to bodybuilding and training.
The effects of resistance training, amino acid feedings, and
amino acid metabolites on skeletal muscle tissue
morphology(specifically factors which stimulate
hypertrophy), adipose tissue, strength and function in young
and aging populations.
The underlying endocrine and local myogenic / mitogenic
changes which drive the adaptations seen following
In the FYU muscle laboratory we analyze in vitro mRNA and
protein responses to various exercising and or nutritional
interventions in skeletal muscle. We are also collaborating
with the National High Fields Magnetic Laboratory to view in
vivo changes in myofiber dimensions and metabolic capacity
in response to resistance training and supplementation
Research in Progress
I am currently investigating changes in metabolic capacity
in aging skeletal muscle using the most advanced MR
techniques, and seeing their relationship to impaired
structural regenerative capacity in old as compared to young
skeletal muscle tissue. I am also analyzing the dose
dependent response of an HMB supplement on indices of muscle
damage in sarcopenic muscle.
CSU Eastbay - Adaptations to External Resistance training
for Elite Athletic Populations.
COURSES TAUGHT or T.A. For:
Florida State University 2007-2008
Exercise Physiology Laboratory
CSU Eastbay 2004-2006
Motor learning and Motor Learning Laboratory
Lectured in nearly every core college exercise science
course including exercise nutrition, biomechanics, and
Selected Published Abstracts
Wilson, J.M., Kingsley, J.D., Toole, T., Mengelkoch, L., & Panton, L.B. (2007). Measurement of functionality in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease utilizing the CS-PFP. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39(5), S334.
Hornbuckle, L.M., Kingsley, J.D. Wilson, J., St. John, N., Holmes, A., Mathis, R, Van Tassel, J., McMillan, V., Figueroa, A., & Panton, L. (2007). Effects of strength training and chiropractic therapy on functionality in women with Fibromyalgia. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39(5), S294.
Wilson, J., Simons, J, Wilson, G., Theall, S. & Rodriquez, W. (2007). A Test of Self-Efficacy and Parameterization Changes as Possible Explanations for the Especial Skills Phenomenon at the 60.5 Foot Distance for Highly Experienced Baseball Pitchers. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. NASPSPA Conference. California, San Diego.
Wilson, G., Simons, J., Wilson, J. & Rodriquez, W. (2007). The Non-Emergence of an Especial Skill: Good is Not Enough. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. NASPSPA Conference. California, San Diego.
J.M. Wilson, J-S. Kim, S-R. Lee, G.J. Wilson, B. Sommer, J. Colon, T., Diah, D. Mendez, J.D. Kingsley, L.B. Panton. FACSM Florida State Univ, Tallahassee, FL ACUTE TIMING EFFECTS OF β-HYDROXY β-METHYL BUTYRATE (HMB) SUPPLEMENTATION ON MUSCLE STRENGTH AND SORENESS. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)
Murriet, J., Figuroa, A., Wilson., J.M., Panton, L.B. The effects of high intensity weight training and interval training on metabolism. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp) 208
Wilson, J.M., L.M. Hornbuckle, J-S. Kim, B.A. Sommer, S-R. Lee, T. Diah, B. Dalmeau, D. Mendez, L.B. Panton, FACSM Florida State Univ, Tallahassee, FL (To be presented in June)
THE EFFECTS OF STATIC STRETCHING ON ENERGY COST AND ENDURANCE PERFORMANCE DURING TREADMILL RUNNING Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)2008
G.J. Wilson, J.M. Wilson. HMB Current and Future Directions, Florida State Univ, Tallahassee, FL International Society of Sports Nutrition Annual Conference, Las Vegas 2009
J.M. Wilson, J-S. Kim, S-R. Lee, G.J. Wilson, B. Sommer, J. Colon, T., Diah, D. Mendez, J.D. Kingsley, L.B. Panton. FACSM Florida State Univ, Tallahassee, FL ACUTE TIMING EFFECTS OF β-HYDROXY β-METHYL BUTYRATE (HMB) SUPPLEMENTATION ON Serum Indices of Muscle Damage. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)2009
Lee, S-R., E.C. Archer, J.M. Wilson, K.P. Leonard, C. Ugrinowitsch, Y-M. Park, P.C. Henning, S. Hooshmand, B. Neema, and J-S. Kim, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
DEXA-determined Body Composition Differences between Young and Old Rats Are Not Sensitive Enough to Predict Age-related Strength and Sensorimotor Function Decrements
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)2009
Archer, E.C. S. Grant, B. Arjmandi, C. Levenson, J.M. Wilson, K. P. Leonard, C. Ugrinowitsch, and J-S. Kim, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LEAN BODY MASS, AGE, AND ANXIETY-RELATED BEHAVIOR IN F344 RATS. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)2009
Sommer, B.A., J.M. Wilson, M.C. Zourdos, L.M. Hornbuckle, Y-M. Park, S-R. Lee, L.B. Panton, FACSM, and J-S. Kim. THE EFFECTS OF DYNAMIC STRETCHING ON ENERGY COST DURING A 30-MINUTE TIME TRIAL Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)2009
Zourdos, M.C., J.M. Wilson, B.A. Sommer, L.M. Hornbuckle, Y-M. Park, S-R. Lee, L.B. Panton, FACSM, and J-S Kim. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL THE EFFECTS OF DYNAMIC STRETCHING ON ENDURANCE PERFORMANCE DURING A 30-MINUTE TIME TRIAL Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)2009
PUBLICATIONS – REFEREED
Ostarello, J.Z., J.M., Wilson, and G.J., Wilson. (2006) Muscle power enhances brain
power: A paradigm for student success in kinesiology. Western Society Review.
Wilson, J.M., and G.J., Wilson. (2006). Contemporary issues in protein
requirements and consumption for resistance trained athletes. Journal of the
International Society of Sports Nutrition. 3(1):7-27.
Wilson, G.J. and J.M., Wilson, Manninen, A. A mechanistic and practical examination of the effects of HMB on performance and body composition across varying levels of age, sex, and training experience. Nutrition & Metabolism 2008, 5:1 Achieved: designation.
Wilson, J.M. and Flanagan, E. (2008). The effects of elastic energy in work, force, and power output. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: In Press (To be published in July)
Wilson, J.M. and G.J., Wilson. A Practical Approach to the Taper. (2008). The Strength and Conditioning Journal. 20(2): 10-26
White, J., Wilson, J.M., Panton, L.B. (2008) Effect of Carbohydrate-Protein Supplement Timing on Acute Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Achieved
Simons, J, Wilson, J.M., Wilson, G., Theall, S. & Rodriquez, W. A Test of Self-Efficacy and Parameterization Changes as Possible Explanations for the Especial Skills Phenomenon at the 60.5 Foot Distance for Highly Experienced Baseball Pitchers. Research Quarterly of Exercise and Sport (Accepted, In Press)
Panton, L.B., Figueroa, A., Kingsley, J.D., Hornbuckle, L., Wilson, J., St. John, N., Abood, D., Mathis, R.C., VanTassel, J., & McMillan, V. (2008). The effects of resistance training and chiropractic treatment in women with Fibromyalgia. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (Accepted, In Press)
Moffatt, R. J., Wilson, J.M., Lawrence, T. Nutrition for resistance training in middle aged adults. In: Nutrition for middle aged adults. TF-CRC (In Press)
SELECTED SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
of Human Sciences Doctoral Research Fellowship 2006-2008
2006 CSCS, National Strength and Conditioning
CSUEASTBAY Kinesiology Teaching and Research
Joe Morgan Scholarship for Kinesiology
Summa Cum Laude Honors Graduate (Designated as
graduating in the top 1 percentile of the CSU
College graduating students)
Graduated with Kinesiology Department’s
Outstanding Student Award for the class of 2005
Dean's List all Quarters – CSU Eastbay, CA
MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
NSCA National Strength and Conditioning
ISSN International Society of Sports